Porroglossum meridionale – 365 days of orchids – day 1905

This spectacular miniature species has large red/pink flowers on thin stems. We have a suspicion that it enjoys travel as the last time it was flowering for a show was the European Orchid Show in Paris 2018 where it won 2nd best Pleurothallidinae species (below), and now it is flowering just in time to travel to Glasgow next week for the Glasgow Orchid Fair.

Porroglossum meridionale is a free flowering miniature native to Ecuador and Peru where it is found from 1400-1800m. With us the plant is slow growing but flowers are very long lasting and they repeat flower from the same flower stems so the species is invariably in flower.

The has stiff glaucous leaves which suggest a natural habitat with good light and not the constant damp needed for some South American miniatures but we find that the plant resents drying out for any length of time (see moss naturally growing on the mount).


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